Winners of the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition Announced

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion have announced the winners of the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition, which called for creative ideas to reimagine Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing, Queens, New York.

In an effort to raise awareness about the possible future uses of the historic world’s fair pavilion, the competition launched in March 2016 and received over 250 entries, which were narrowed down to four winners—one of which was selected specifically from a pool of Queens entrants—by an expert jury panel.

“The New York State Pavilion is more than half a century old, but Philip Johnson’s iconic structure in the center of Queens is still the ‘Tent of Tomorrow’ to those who know it,” said jury panel member and architectural critic Paul Goldberger. “The outpouring of new ideas for its re-use not only shows how beloved this structure is, it gives me confidence that this great building can have a future that will be as meaningful as its past.”

Though diverse and varied in their execution, each of the selected proposals provides an inspired vision for the abandoned Queens landmark as a public space for communities to congregate.

The winners of the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition are:

FIRST PRIZE: “Hanging Meadows”
Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan

“A repurposed Pavilion would serve as the base to a suspended natural environment with its design nodding towards the future.” Image Courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion.

SECOND PRIZE: “Civic Hub”
Javier Salinas, AIA

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“Focusing on the community’s priorities and input, this multi-purpose space would work in conjunction with public programming.” Image Courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion.

THIRD PRIZE: “Pavilion for the Community”
Rishi Kejrewal and Shaurya Sharma

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“This plan would transform the Pavilion into a cultural marketplace working towards harmony through human interaction and sustainability.” Image Courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion.

QUEENS WINNER: “Pavilion Park”
Cesar Juarez and Alida Rose Delaney

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“This special category was created to highlight the outpouring of creativity we received specifically from residents of Queens.” Image Courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion.

The top entries from the competition will be showcased in an exhibition hosted by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion at the Queens Museum on view from August 5–28.

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